1. Place two dumbbells of equal weight on the floor in front of you.
2. Stand with your feet parallel and shoulder width apart.
3. Bending forwards from the hips, keeping your back flat and slightly bending your knees, grasp the dumbbells with an overhand grip that is slightly wider than shoulder-width apart.
4. Lift the dumbbells just a short way off the floor. Position your body so that your torso is near-parallel to the ground, arms fully extended.
1. Slowly pull the dumbbells towards your armpits until it just touches the lower part of your rib cage.
2. Hold this position for a count of one; then slowly lower the dumbbells to the starting position.
• As you pull the dumbbells up, squeeze your shoulder blades together and keep your elbows directly above your hands.
• Keep your back flat throughout the movement - do not round your back or you risk injury.
• Keep your torso still - it is tempting to move your torso upwards with the dumbbells to generate momentum. This reduces the work on the back muscles and increases the risk of injury.